Option-style and mobile QBs are nothing new to the Giants. They faced Michael Vick for years, as well as RGIII, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and others. They know the dynamics and challenges those type of players can bring.
This week, the Giants will be facing the enigmatic Terrelle Pryor, a 6'4" QB who has extraordinary and unique athletic ability. A highly-recruited high schooler, Pryor starred at Ohio State and was selected by Oakland in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Pryor left Sunday's loss to the Eagles with a sore knee, but he said yesterday he's fine and practiced in full. He is evolving as a player and is getting away from just being known as a runner. That being said, he leads all QBs with 485 rushing yards and averages nine yards a carry.
"I don’t really go into the game thinking about running," Pryor said via conference call yesterday. "I saw that stuff on Randall (Cunningham). His coach was telling him to run first and pass second. I can’t really go in thinking anything like that. If it happens… They’ve got a very good, deep front seven. If something happens where I have to get out and make a play… But I want to sit back and see if I can find some guys downfield and get some explosive gains in the passing game."
Pryor is growing as a passer (he's completing 61% of his attempts) and is tough to contain on the ground. He ripped off a 93-yard TD run two weeks ago vs Pittsburgh, the longest by a QB in NFL history.
Giants' TE Brandon Myers, who played his first four seasons in Oakland and played with Pryor last year, gave his impressions of the young QB.
"He’s a phenomenal athlete," Myers told reporters. "You guys have seen him in the game. He takes off and he’s electrifying. He’s a very good athlete. I remember him saying one time that he’s never really been taught how to pass. He kind of just relied on his athletic ability. Then he came in late in camp. He was in the supplemental draft, so he kind of got thrown in there. That’s one thing he is working on. He’s got all the tools, that’s for sure."
The Giants have been containing the run fairly well this season, facing and throttling three of the league's top four rushers. The held the Eagles' LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing to under 50 yards twice this season. Kansas City's Jamaal Charles had only 65 yards vs the Giants and the Vikings' Adrian Peterson gained only 28.
The Giants are bracing themselves nonetheless. DE Justin Tuck said the plan is to contain Pryor, but that may not be so simple because he is quick to tuck the ball under and take off.
"He’s not going to stay there (the pocket) long. He understands how gifted he is as an athlete and considering that most people chasing him are nowhere near as fast as him, he has an advantage. He’s used it to pretty good success. I don’t know if he’s necessarily looking for it but when the opportunities there he’s not hesitating."
JPP is just looking to win...."Pryor is a great quarterback, we just have to go out there and do what we do best, stop this run. My big boy Shaun Rogers is going to stop that run with me and we’re going to get it cracking. We need this win. We have to help ourselves, we got ourselves in this hole."